"Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive – like the one on your personal computer – storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine…" (original article)
A new motion in the Lower Merion School School District Webcam-spying case has presented extraordinary suggestions as to the frequency and intimate nature of the photographs allegedly taken remotely by the cameras on school-issued laptops.
On Thursday, lawyers for 15-year-old Blake Robbins and his family claimed that thousands of images were taken by the laptop Webcams. Included in these were, according to the motion, "pictures of Blake partially undressed and of Blake sleeping." In addition, images of Web sites visited and snapshots of their instant messages were also allegedly captured. (more)
The use of surveillance cameras has exploded worldwide, especially since the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Britain, for example, now has an estimated 4.2 million cameras, the most extensive network in the world.
The report offers no estimate for Canada, though it notes this country has nothing like the density of public cameras found in Britain. “Yet the growth of camera surveillance in Canada is undeniable, and is steady,” it says.